Ministry

15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me

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15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me
$17.99

Some lessons can't be learned in a classroom.

A seminary education is immensely valuable, offering theological preparation, spiritual formation, and wise mentoring. But many new pastors are discouraged when the realities of their first call don't line up with what they came to expect from assigned readings and classroom discussions.

Bridging the gap between seminary training and real life in a local church, fifteen veteran pastors and ministry leaders offer advice and encouragement related to a host of real-world issues, such as leading congregations through seasons of suffering, handling conflict, accepting a call, leaving a church, and more.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433558146
Publication Date: 
2018-03-31
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Crossway Books

Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations Into the Family of Faith

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$32.99
Kids desperately need healthy, committed adults who can help them thrive in their faith and become active participants in the life of the church. This requires the efforts of the whole faith community. Chap Clark, one of the leading voices in youth ministry today, brings together twenty-four experts from a variety of denominations and traditions to offer a comprehensive introduction to adoptive youth ministry, a theologically driven, academically grounded, and practical youth ministry model. The book shows readers how to integrate emerging generations into the family of faith, helping young adults become active participants in God's redemptive community.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781540961143
Publication Date: 
2019-05-21
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Baker Academic

An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education

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An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education
$25.99
Describes the distinctive Lutheran aspects of parochial schools and the teaching ministry with emphasis on history, philosophy and theology.
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9780570042860
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Authentic Youth Mininstry

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Authentic Youth Mininstry
$14.99
This book equips church workers and volunteers in smaller, often ignored churches with its relatable humility and unique understanding of real-life work in smaller churches. As an essential training manual for every leader, this how-to guide can be shared by church workers with those working with children and youth, giving them the confidence they need to enhance their work.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758652652
Publication Date: 
2016-05-05
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Concordia Publishing House

Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

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Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership
$25.00
The roles of pastor and theologian have gone their separate ways.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830851713
Publication Date: 
2016-10-27
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IVP Academic

Budgeting for a Healthy Church: Aligning Finances with Biblical Priorities for Ministry

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$14.99

Many pastors conceive of the church budget as primarily a financial tool, but in fact it is primarily a pastoral tool. A church's philosophy of ministry is locked into its budget, and so the budget will either stifle or accelerate any attempts to move a congregation toward a biblical model of church health. As such, the church budget is a far more potent pastoral tool than many church leaders realize. Budgeting for a Healthy Church examines each section of the budget in light of Biblical principles to show how a church budget can lock in healthy approaches to ministry. Whereas most books on church budgeting are "how" books, explaining how the budgeting process should work, this is a "what" book, helping church leaders determine the pastoral implications of what they choose to fund in their budgets.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780310093862
Publication Date: 
2019-04-02
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Zondervan

Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation

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Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation
$16.99
This book, written by a Certified Christian Conciliator with more than 20 years of experience in church reconciliation, offers practical advice for improving the spiritual health of congregations and the ministers that lead them.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758658067
Publication Date: 
2017-09-19
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Concordia Publishing House

Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry

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Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry
$12.99

Only those who have an undeniable calling from God will be fit for the challenges and strains of the ministry life. But how do you test a calling and how do you proceed if you are certain its legitimacy?

From the theology of being called, to selecting a seminary, to beginning life as a pastor, Michael Milton looks to the Word of God for answers and guidance, as well as drawing on his own experience as a Presbyterian minister.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781527101128
Publication Date: 
2018-04-06
Publisher: 
Christian Focus Publications

Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart

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$21.99
Drawing on a lifetime of pastoral experience, The Care of Souls is a beautifully written treasury of proven wisdom which pastors will find themselves turning to again and again.

Harold Senkbeil helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction. And he offers practical and fruitful adviceâ "born out of his five decades as a pastorâ "that will benefit both new pastors and those with years in the pulpit.

In a time when many churches have lost sight of the real purpose of the church, The Care of Souls invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683593010
Publication Date: 
2019-06-26
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Lexham Press

Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action
$16.99
Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercyto fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
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9780758615015
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Connected to Christ: Why Membership Matters

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Connected to Christ: Why Membership Matters
$5.99
Christianity is corporate, not personal. God designed humanity to live in community with one another, and the Church on earth is how God provides that community for His people. Church membership is about more than just "pray, pay, obey"-and this book shows the importance and blessings of being a part of Christ's Church.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758657251
Publication Date: 
2017-07-18
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

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$18.99

"A book every person in ministry should read." --Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture.

Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy--an environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.

Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433541377
Publication Date: 
2015-01-31
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Crossway Books

Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

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Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
$20.99
This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758625694
Publication Date: 
2010-07-02
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Concordia Publishing House

Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry

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Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry
$27.99
Experienced pastor and seminary teacher R. Robert Creech helps pastoral leaders increase their effectiveness by applying family systems theory to congregational life and ministry. Creech introduces readers to the basic concepts of Bowen Family Systems Theory, applies family theory to the work of ministry in church settings, and connects systems thinking to the everyday aspects of congregational ministry, such as preaching, pastoral care, leadership, spiritual formation, and interpreting biblical texts. Each chapter contains discussion questions, and there are five helpful appendixes with supplemental information about Bowen theory.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781540960375
Publication Date: 
2019-02-19
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Baker Academic

Feasting in a Famine of the Word

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$38.00
The Lord warns of a ""famine . . . of hearing the word of the Lord"" (Amos 8:11). Has this warning come to pass in our day? There is no shortage of preachers, but how often do they miss the mark in actually delivering the word of God to their hearers, leaving them hungry? The authors of these essays seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a rich feast from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. These authors represent seasoned pastors and professors as well as young scholars. All are actively preaching and teaching God's word on a regular basis. This book covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching--from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers, and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon. These essays will assist preachers in proclaiming God's word in a manner that provides a feast for those living in a famine-stricken world. ""It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus."" --Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel Mark W. Birkholz is Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Jacob Corzine is Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan Mumme is Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781498203166
Publication Date: 
2016-02-16
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Pickwick Publications

Finding Your Way in Seminary

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$22.00

Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary experience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history.

This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664259501
Publication Date: 
2016-09-22
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Westminster John Knox Press

God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons

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God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons
$16.00
ISBN/SKU: 
9781934328118
Publication Date: 
2014-09-14
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Emmanuel Press

Handling the Word of Truth Revised Ed.

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Handling the Word of Truth Revised Ed.
$14.99
This book draws on C. F. W. Walthers Law and Gospel theses to present and apply these foundational truths to contemporary Christian faith and living.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758648952
Publication Date: 
2015-07-15
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Concordia Publishing House

Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

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Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form
$22.00

Now in reissue with a new foreword by Fred B. Craddock and afterword by the author, Eugene L. Lowry, The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition follows in the same solid tradition of its predecessor. Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching. Instead of comments on a biblical passage, Lowry suggested that the sermon follow a narrative form that moves from beginning to end, as with the plot of a story. This expanded edition continues to be an excellent teaching resource and learning tool for all preachers from introductory students to seasoned clergy.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664222642
Publication Date: 
2000-12-01
Publisher: 
Westminster John Knox Press

Homiletics and Hermeneutics

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Homiletics and Hermeneutics
$21.99
Scott Gibson and Matthew Kim, both experienced preachers and teachers, have brought together four preaching experts--Bryan Chapell, Kenneth Langley, Abraham Kuruvilla, and Paul Scott Wilson--to present and defend their approaches to homiletics. Reflecting current streams of thought in homiletics, the book offers a robust discussion of theological and hermeneutical approaches to preaching and encourages pastors and ministry students to learn about preaching from other theological traditions. It also includes discussion questions for direct application to one's preaching.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801098697
Publication Date: 
2018-12-04
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Baker Academic

How to Keep Your Church Out of Court

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$7.99
Addresses the need for development and maintenance of physically and legally safe church premises. Includes personnel issues.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758600646
Publication Date: 
2002-07-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach

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Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach
$39.99
A holistic vision of Christian higher education from academics to athletics, regents to students. It offers a biblical, Lutheran vision rooted in the interaction of faith and learning and oriented toward the cultivation of wisdom and vocation for freedom and service to society, nature, and the Church. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758650405
Publication Date: 
2015-06-02
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Justification is for Preaching

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Justification is for Preaching
$34.00
Description: Although preachers often question their effectiveness, no task of the church is more important than proclamation. Only the gospel liberates sinners from guilt, despair, and death and grants them freedom, hope, and new life. Few have grasped this truth better than Martin Luther. This volume features contributions by contemporary theologians whose work is shaped by Luther's conviction that God's justification of the ungodly comes through preaching: Gerhard Forde, Oswald Bayer, and their students and friends. Taken from the pages of Lutheran Quarterly, these essays in historical and theological perspective bring the doctrine of justification to bear on contemporary preaching. For Luther, the whole creation has its life out of God's "pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of ours at all!" Luther's insight to center creation around God's justifying work accents the cosmic scope of the doctrine. Justification is at the core of God's creative and saving activity with respect to all that has been, is, and will be. God's justification of the ungodly is the heart of all Christian theology and mission, and inescapably shapes the character of both. Preaching Christ as the justifier of sinners, in contrast to the accusing directives of the law, does nothing other than establish God's deity over and for the world, and brings an end to sinners' own self-deifying quests, re-creating them as fully human, fully free. Theologians and preachers gain their compass, purpose, and courage from this truth. Endorsements: "Justification Is for Preaching is refreshingly radical . . . because it goes to the root of God's own design for preaching, the bestowal of a promise that creates faith in Christ Jesus. Preaching is not about transformation of character or political advocacy but God's own declaration of righteousness for the ungodly. In essays from both sides of the Atlantic, theologians in the tradition of Luther carry out his approach to the renewal of the church, that is, . . . the preaching of Christ crucified. Seminarians as well as seasoned preachers will be invigorated and challenged by . . . this fine book." --John T. Pless Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry & Missions / Director of Field Education Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana "Good preaching is dependent on good theology. Central to effective proclamation of the Christian faith is the proper understanding of God's fashioning of the relationship between himself and his human creatures. Thompson has assembled fourteen essays by eight leading Lutheran theologians from the US and Germany who give preachers a host of insights into how to deliver Scripture's central message of the restoration of sinners to a right relationship with God." --Robert Kolb Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri About the Contributor(s): Virgil Thompson currently teaches the New Testament at Gonzaga University. Previously he served as pastor to congregations of the Lutheran Church for over thirty years. For the past twenty-five years he has served as Managing Editor of Lutheran Quarterly.
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9781610974097
Publication Date: 
2012-02-09
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Publisher: 
Pickwick Publications

Leadership in Christian Perspective: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Practices for Servant Leaders

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$22.99
This book brings the best of leadership theory and research together with biblical reflection and examples of leadership in action to offer a practical guide to Christian leaders.

Combining expertise in leadership studies and biblical studies, Justin Irving and Mark Strauss explore how leadership models have moved from autocratic and paternalistic leader-centered models toward an increased focus on followers. The authors show how contemporary theories such as transformational leadership, authentic leadership, and servant leadership take an important step toward prioritizing and empowering followers who work with leaders to accomplish organizational goals. Irving and Strauss organize their book around "nine empowering practices," making it accessible to students, church leaders, and business leaders.

Integrating solid research in leadership studies with biblical and theological reflection on the leadership ideas that are most compatible with Christian faith, this book is an important resource for all Christian students of leadership.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781540960337
Publication Date: 
2019-06-18
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Baker Academic

Living Word

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Living Word
$26.00
The teaching of Dr Gustaf Wingren,Professor at the University of Lund, is beginning to dominate the theological scene in Sweden. Through previously translated books it is also beginning to make its mark in the English-speaking world. This is the translation of Dr Wingrcn's most important book to date-a systematic and profoundly argued treatment of the major themes in Christian theology in relation to the contemporary preacher's proclamation of the living Word of God in the Church.
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9781579109424
Publication Date: 
2002-04-01
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Wipf & Stock Publishers